10 Reasons video game websites use 'top 10' lists and slideshows

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It's been said that the content of the internet can be broken down into the following statistics: 50% porn, 10% cat-based memes, and 40% lists. While this may be a slight exaggeration, you get the idea.

There are literally hundreds of thousands of lists, top 10's, and slideshows online. The subjects of these 'listicles' (the slightly cringeworthy term for online lists) have no limits: 20 most amusingly shaped vegetables, 12 hairiest Senators, 50 reasons not to eat raw sewage.

One place where list-based articles have really taken off is on gaming websites. They're often the most popular section of these sites, and, thanks to the sheer number of video games that have been produced over the last 40 years, there are an almost endless number of gaming listicles that can be thought up.

The subject of this particular top 10 is why do video game websites actually use listicles so much? Hopefully the irony of it all won't be lost on anyone, and maybe you'll learn something - even if it's just more proof that you can make a top 10 out of anything.

Published Jul. 1st 2015

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